Pa’s Raw Pantry – Hobart, Tasmania [now closed]

Music plays a big part in my life. Not quite as essential as food, but pretty close! Most recently, it was the perky strains of a hidden shop stereo that resulted in my discovery of what I consider to be one of Hobart’s most little known, and perhaps under-appreciated coffee shops.

It was early on a Saturday morning, I was between errands and I really didn’t have all that much time on my hands. But as I stepped out of my car onto the Gregory Street pavement, surrounded by seemingly very suburban weatherboard homes, my ears pricked up! After a quick scan of the street I noticed a tiny sign propped up next to a canary yellow bay window, advertising Pa’s Pantry and the lure of coffee, organic produce and homewares inside.

Welcome to Pa's Pantry!

Welcome to Pa’s Raw Pantry!

So colourful!

So colourful!

Decisions, decisions…did I have the time?  I could always come back another day…?

But no, “bugger it” were my exact thoughts! It was such a gorgeous morning and I was keen for a coffee, so why not take a few minutes to see what was on the other side of the eggshell blue door?

From the outside it looked like your typical old cottage, but on the inside…WOW!!

Warm winter sunlight, was streaming through the windows, bathing the couple to my left in white gold, while in the centre of the room was a large trestle table; fresh, vibrant vegetables, fruit and bread strewn from end to end either loose or in rustic woven baskets and hessian sacks.

Pa's Pantry

Pa’s Raw Pantry

Bio-dynamic vegetables from Pa's Pantry

Bio-dynamic vegetables from Pa’s Raw Pantry

Chairs of brown leather and timber in opposing corners, the epitome of 60s luxury!

Groovy baby!!

Groovy baby!!

Pa's Pantry

Pa’s Raw Pantry

Craft goods, exotic teas, bushwalker’s ‘beauty’ products, incense, and clothing; draped, placed and hung from every vantage point! All overseen by a pair of very impressive reindeer antlers!

Pa's Pantry

Pa’s Raw Pantry

Even the young ‘uns are catered for, with a MASSIVE blackboard spanning half the width of the house and at the perfect height for the graffiti artists of tomorrow to hone their skills! Even I felt tempted to have a scribble it looked that cool!

Children's corner at Pa's Pantry

Children’s corner at Pa’s Raw Pantry

And on the other side of the spacious room was the adults blackboard advertising a few very tasty sounding organic smoothies and juices.

Cold beverages at Pa's Pantry

Cold beverages at Pa’s Raw Pantry

The two owners were a lovely couple. It was so unfortunate that I was in a little bit of a hurry, as I would have liked to have found out a bit more about Pa’s Raw Pantry…but as their bub snoozed in the cot next to us, I WAS able to discover that the philosophy of their store revolves around concepts such as sustainability, fair trade, and a new one to me…biodynamic food!

It turns out that ‘biodynamic’ food isn’t organic food. It’s close, but fundamentally different in that it goes beyond ‘no herbicides’ to also include the health of the soil itself. I have to admit that on returning home I did a bit of googling and found out that the production of ‘biodynamic’ food also includes a few other rather ‘alternative’ approaches to fertilisation of which I’m a little sceptical…but there’s no harm done, so no problems for me!

Regarding the coffee, it turned out that they had only just taken receipt of a brand new batch of Ethiopian coffee that they hadn’t yet sold to a single customer. I was to be their guinea pig!

Espresso at Pa's Pantry

Espresso at Pa’s Raw Pantry

It was fantastic! Very different to most other coffees I’ve tried, with some almost fruity undertones to compliment the light, yet slightly bitter coffee flavour. I expressed my delight, and was rewarded with the instructions that as I was their first customer the coffee was on the house. Winning!!

I walked in not knowing what to expect, only to find myself in one of the most beautifully designed and creative spaces that I’ve seen in a long time. The whole room had a very ‘Smith Journal‘ feel to it; hints of suave, meticulous curation, a little bit alternative, yet down to earth. I thought it quite amusing that on making this comment to the owners they admitted that they actually had a copy floating around somewhere!

I loved my all-too-short interlude at Pa’s Raw Pantry. I’m sure you will too!

You can find their blog here, and a more regularly updated Instagram collection here. I neglected to ask if they did meals of any description, but I did spy some sort of cake in the fridge, so that may be a possibility. If one of my lovely readers can help me out regarding this aspect that would be fantastic, otherwise I’ll just have to go back and find out for myself…and that’s not such a bad thing in my books!

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  1. We went today and found the menu very limited but tasty. The coffee was good too. Service was outstanding and the owners were quite happy to let us set up chars/table outside to enjoy the sun. It was a bit hard to figure out the type of customers they are aiming for, but I suspect as they work through and try the different things they have planned they will hopefully secure a niche. They are going to need a lot of word of mouth with their location I think though, I had no idea they were there. I want to see them succeed and give places like Dome a run for their money. Anyway for those who might want to go soon living social has a lunch deal for $29 that left us feeling happy and well fed. Might be worth checking out. And if I get time, then I pop some pictures up on my unloved blog ( oh and they seem dog friendly too for any well behaved pooches

    1. Thanks for filling in some of the gaps for me there Amanda, much appreciated! I’m very keen to try their food.

      I know what you mean about their target market. Unlike most ‘organic’ retailers, they seem to be aiming themselves at the medium to upper class band. This certainly fits the Sandy Bay location, but does narrow their customer base quite drastically. Due to Hobart’s lesser population (compared to a Sydney or Melbourne), if they hadn’t been in business so long already I’d say it would be unsustainable (pun bell), but they’re obviously doing something right!

      I did notice that Living Social promotion. I couldn’t work out why my blog traffic jumped overnight, with almost everyone going to the article above…until my wife pointed it out to me 😀 Sounds like a good deal!

      Looking forward to checking out your blog as well!


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